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Primary Care in times of Covid-19 (PRICOV-19-Study)

The "PRICOV-19 Study – Primary Care in times of Covid-19" is an international collaborative study with the University of Ghent (Belgium) that investigates the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organization of healthcare in general practitioners' practices. In Germany, this study is carried out by the Institute of General Practice at the University Hospital Erlangen.

The German part of the PRICOV-19 study focuses on the perception of general practitioners with regard to their own role, perceived importance as well as health policy measures and their effects on general practitioner practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The data was collected from 01.02 to 31.03.2021 by means of a quantitative, online questionnaire. For this purpose, general practitioners throughout Germany were surveyed. We would like to thank more than 300 participants of the PRICOV-19 study!

The data analysis is complete. The final Results of the German part of the study will be presented in the form of a poster at WONCA 2022, DEGAM 2022 and DKVF 2022 .


Stark, S., Kluge, M., Schaubroeck, E., Van Poel, E., Willems, S., Kühlein, T. Roos, M., Burggraf, L. (2022). “What else to say?” – Primary health care in times of COVID19 from the perspective of German general practitioners: An exploratory analysis of the open text field in the PRICOV-19 study. Accepted for publication (PlosOne).

Stark, S., Schaubroeck, E., Kluge, M., Burggraf, L., Roos, M., Borowski, E., Van Poel, E., Willems, S., Kühlein, T., Hueber, S., Werner, F. (2022). “The measures taken by the government overburdened the daily practice” – Insights of the PRICOV-19 study on German general practitioners in times of COVID-19. Manuscript under review (BMC).

Groenewegen, P., Van Poel, E., Spreeuwenberg, P., Stark, S., Willems, S. (2022). Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Led to Changes in the Tasks of the Primary Care Workforce? An International Survey among General Practices in 38 Countries (PRICOV-19). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(22), 15329.          

Van Poel, E., Collins, C., Groenewegen, P., Spreeuwenberg, P., Stark, S., Willems, S. (2023). The Organization of Outreach Work for Vulnerable Patients in General Practice during COVID-19: Results from the Cross-Sectional PRICOV-19 Study in 38 Countries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(4), 3165.